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Sundowns beat Mazembe to claim first CAF Super Cup title

Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns have claimed the 2017 CAF Super Cup title after beating TP Mazembe 1-0 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday.

Sundowns had defeated Zamalek 3-1 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League final, while the Congolese side qualified to the Super Cup after beating MO Bejaia 5-2 on aggregate in the CAF Confederation Cup final.

The visitors were close to opening the scoring in the first 10 minutes but Ben Malango’s effort hit the post.

Around the half-hour mark, Khama Billiat wasted a chance to give his side the lead but Mazembe keeper Sylvain Gbohouo rushed off his line to clear the danger. Gbohouo pulled off a fine save 20 minutes from time to keep the goalless.

Sundowns’ pressure paid off as they opened the scoring seven minutes from time. Ricardo Nascimento converted from the spot after Egyptian referee Gehad Greisha awarded Hlompho Kekana a penalty when he was brought down inside the box by Issama Mpeko.

Mazembe failed to equalise in the remaining minutes as Nascimento’s late goal helped the South African side claim their first ever Super Cup title.

Egyptian giants Al Ahly are the record holders of the Super Cup with six titles.

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